A MENTAL PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT PACKAGE AND BASKETBALL GAME PERFORMANCE
Kendall, G., Hrycaiko, D., Martin, G. L., & Kendall, T. (1990). The effects of an imagery rehearsal, relaxation, and self-talk package on basketball game performance. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 12, 157-166.
A package of mental skill interventions (relaxation, imagery rehearsal of competitive situations, positive self-talk) was provided four female basketball players. Various measures of imagery control and quality were administered.
Skills targeted by the intervention package improved in game situations.
Implication. This is a social validation experiment of the value of self-talk and imagery for improving competitive performances.
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